Thanksgiving is a known for being a food-centric holiday all about giving thanks and streching stomachs. Just because we'll be eating ourselves silly, doesn't mean your dog should be too! By all means, please include your pup in the festivities but make sure you know what she can and can't have. Here's are a few tips to keeping your pup happy and full on Turkey Day.

  • Portion control. Just because you're going back for seconds (okay, be honest here - thirds) doesn't mean fido should get to gorge too! Giving into those begging eyes is a guaranteed upset stomach. Treat your pup, but be modest.
  • Lay off the skin. Turkey skin and other fatty foods can be especially harmful for your pup. Diarrhea, upset stomach, vomitting and sometimes even cause pancreatitis (a life threatening condition that causes inflammation and swelling in a dog's pancreas) are all symptons and sicknesses we want to prevent. Stick to turkey meat and unseasoned sides.
  • Don't give your dog a bone. Like chicken, turkey bones can be especially dangerous for fido. Cooked bones can splinter and cause havoc to your pups digestive system. No ifs, ands, or buts here - avoid all bones.

Just cause your pup doesn't get to chew on bones or eat fatty foods to his hearts desire, doesn't mean you can't indulge and treat him. Here are some items that your pup can eat and will love.

  • Turkey meat. Like we noted above, don't give your pup any skin - but turkey meat is fair game.
  • Potatoes, yams and veggies - oh my! Our favorite side dishes can be served up as a special treat for your pup too! Broccoli, carrots, corn, green beans and peas are all healthy foods your dog can enjoy. Put some aside for your pup before you add all the seasonings, butter and sugar.
  • Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin is actually really good for your dog. Pureed canned pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie filling) or cooked pumpkin will help with his digestive system - and make a healthy sweet treat.

If you know your pup has a sensitive stomach - that doesn't mean you can't still treat her! A special toy will make the holiday just as festive. Our Garden Fresh plush veggie toys are perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving.

How will you be celebrating this year? Leave us a comment below!

By Play Admin on Nov 16, 2012 at 11:56 am 0 Comments

Momo here. I know it's been awhile, but as you know, diva's get busy. This past week my parents took me on a fun trip to celebrate possibly the best holiday ever invented. Thanksgiving!

Not only did I get to eat yummy goodness, I got to spend time with my BFFs Olivia and Charlie too! My super cute buddy Corbin was the best host ever - he shared his water dish and bed, AND he made sure we all had a good time! While the humans prepared our treats (Turkey! I told you Thanksgiving was possibly the best holiday ever), Olivia and I caught up on our gossip.

"Did you see the cowbelly on that pooch? She needs to lay off the treats..."


Charlie enjoyed some snuggles with my dad. And no, I didn't get jealous - in fact, I was the one who said it was ok.

On top of turkey, we got gourmet treats too! They put them right on my paw - all I had to do was look cute and I got all the yummies I wanted. (I mean, who can resist this face?) Overall, Thanksgiving was a BLAST. Can we do this every day?

Xoxo, Momo

By Momo on Nov 28, 2011 at 10:50 am 0 Comments

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we are SO excited to spend time with friends and family. And while turkey day always includes delicious food, remember it’s intended for human consumption – feeding your pup something she is not used to, can easily cause an upset stomach. If you do decide to treat your pet, that’s fine too, just make sure you don’t overdo it.  Be extra careful and avoid turkey bones; they can obstruct airways or splinter - causing major problems in the digestive system. If you want to include your dog in the festivities, why not make some yummy homemade treats just for him?  They are healthy and really easy to make — your pup is sure to gobble them up. Here’s the great recipe we shared last year:

Turkey Loaf Dinner Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup cooked peas and carrots
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup canned low-fat gravy

Preparation:

  • Grease a loaf pan; set aside.
  • In a large bowl mix turkey, vegetables, eggs and rice. Put into pan.
  • Pour the gravy over the loaf and bake in a preheated oven at 350° for 1 hour or until nicely browned on top.
  • Cool and serve.

If you’re cooking-illiterate, you can always treat your pup to a yummy pre-made treat too. We’re big fans of Buttercups Paw-tisserie - they have great treats and some made just for autumn! Whether you decide to bake our buy, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

How do you include your pup in the festivities? Leave us a comment below!

By Play Admin on Nov 16, 2011 at 11:58 pm 0 Comments